• Season 2 : Episode 21
  • First aired on May 4, 2006
  • Written by Greg Daniels / Directed by Charles McDougall
  • Recap by James Fan
  • Discuss this episode at The Watercooler, and remember to submit your vote at OfficeTally.
  • Thanks to flotsette for providing a closed captioning transcript.

Michael decides to fill Toby’s shoes as chief mediator for a day, which, as it turns out, is just enough time for him to decimate the morale of his troops. His destructive influence is inescapable as deep rifts are opened in every imaginable direction. The disastrous affair leaves the office in tatters, casting even the strongest of friendships to an uncertain fate.

The Michael Scott School of Hard Knocks

Successfully handling staff conflicts requires a delicate touch that Michael simply doesn’t possess.

Michael : Ok, the first style is lose-lose.
Oscar : What’s the next one?
Michael : Just hold on, please. Ok, if we do lose-lose, neither of you gets what you want. Do you understand? You… you would both lose. Now, I need to ask you: do you want to pursue a lose-lose negotiation?

Michael get points for thoroughness, though insulting the intelligences of both parties isn’t normally part of the plan.

Angela : Can we just skip to whatever number five is? Win-win or whatever?
Michael : Win-win is number four, and number five is win-win-win. The important difference here is with win-win-win, we all win. Me, too. I win for having successfully mediated a conflict at work.

Something tells me the most important win for Michael in there is the third one.

Michael : Are those all the other complaints?
Toby : Mm-hmm.
Michael : I would like to see those, please.
Toby : I–I can’t do that.
Michael : You can’t do that, huh? Huh, ok, now you and I have a conflict. I order you to give me that file.
Toby : That–nn–  [Places his hand over the file to protect it]
Michael : Ok.
[There is a struggle as Michael yanks the papers away from Toby]
Michael : There! No more conflict. I had to use win-lose on that. It was not pretty.

Michael defaults to the win-lose approach whenever Toby is involved.

Dwight Being Dwight

There is a basic human trait called not-being-a-jackass, and Dwight displayed tonight that he will have absolutely nothing to do with it.

[Phyllis is getting ready to have her photo taken]
Phyllis : Uh, on or off?
Photographer : Off.
Phyllis : Ok.  [Removes her glasses]
Dwight : Oh! What is on your face? Is that a disguise?
Phyllis : Excuse me.  [Leaves the room]
Dwight : Clown paint.

One day, Phyllis will decide that enough is enough, and people like Michael and Dwight will have no choice but to experience furious vengeance by her passive-aggressive hands.

Dwight : I.D. badges are long overdue. Security in this office park is a joke. Last year I came to work with my spud gun in a duffel bag. I sat at my desk all day with a rifle that shoots potatoes at 60 pounds per square inch. Can you imagine if I was deranged?

I think I might, actually. This begs the question: why did he bring a spud gun to the office in the first place? Was he planning on catching Jim off guard with his gigantic potato firearm?

[Dwight is preparing to have his photo taken]
Photographer : Smile.
Dwight : No.
[Cut to interview]
Dwight : I never smile if I can help it. Showing one’s teeth is a submission signal in primates. When someone smiles at me, all I see is a chimpanzee begging for its life.

I’d like to see Dwight put this theory to the test against a silverback gorilla.

The Many Faces of Jim

The last couple of episodes have really given us an oppotunity to explore Jim’s character.

Jim : Dwight tried to kiss me.
Michael : What?
Jim : And I didn’t tell anyone, ’cause I’m not really sure how I feel about it.
Dwight : That is not true. Redact it. Redact it!
Jim : Well, I’m not actually making a formal complaint. I just really think we should talk about it.

The Dwight/Jim romance is the dark horse of office romances on this show.

Michael [Reading Dwight’s complaints] : “Someone replaced all my pens and pencils with crayons. I suspect Jim Halpert. Everyone has called me Dwayne all day. I think Jim Halpert paid them to.”
Jim : [Nods to the camera]
[Cut to interview]
Jim : [Laughs]  Yes, five bucks each, and it was totally worth it.

Assuming I had a top five list of Office episodes, Conflict Resolution would almost certainly have a place in it, in no small part due to the brilliance of this minute-long scene spliced with Jim’s personal recollections. This sequence starts off as one thing and then transforms into something completely different by the time we’ve reached the conclusion.

Michael [Reading Dwight’s complaints] : “This morning, I knocked myself in the head with the phone.”
[Cut to interview]
Jim : That actually took a while. I had to put, uh, more and more nickels into his handset, till he got used to the weight, and then I just… took ‘em all out.
[Cut back to Michael, still reading Dwight’s complaints]
Michael : “Every time I typed my name it said Diapers.”
[Cut to interview]
Jim : Just a simple macro. You know, these actually don’t sound that funny one after another. But he does deserve it, though.

As rewarding as it may be, playing Dwight’s tormentor isn’t exactly the best use of Jim’s time, and Jim knows it. He ridicules Dwight for allowing petty rules and power-plays to govern his life, but deep down inside, he realizes that his days spent planning office pranks are just as unimpressive. Funny, yes, but the stuff of hopes and dreams they are not.

Michael [Reading Dwight’s complaints] : “By the end of the day, my desk was about two feet closer to the copier.”
[Cut to interview]
Jim : Yeah, I just moved it an inch every time he went to the bathroom. And that’s how I spent my entire day that day.
[The camera lingers on Jim for an extended moment]

Jim is a confident guy, but the truth cuts him. If there was anything positive to be gained from Michael’s failed experiment, it’s that it may have driven Jim to seek greater things for himself. I’m not suggesting that we put an end to the hijinx, but the show does need to maintain the authenticity that has sustained it for so long, and in order to do that, Jim needs to develop as a character.

This scene is a microcosm of what makes this show so great: it’s hilarious at one end and brutally honest at the other. The writers and actors consistently strike a perfect balance between the two.

Confessions of a Receptionist

After a couple weeks with no mention of the big day, we see that the wedding preparations are back in full force during Conflict Resolution.

Phyllis : So I got the Save The Date.
Pam : Yeah?
Phyllis : Yeah, pretty stationery.
Pam : Oh, thanks.
Angela : I didn’t get mine yet.
Pam : Um…
[Cut to interview]
Pam : There are a few people I decided not to invite, and that might make things kind of awkward, but… it’s my wedding. And I don’t want anyone there who has called me a hussy.

I wonder what sort of circumstances led to that particular insult. Hussy isn’t the sort of word you use without good reason. Then again, this is the same woman who believes the color green to be whorish.

Pam : I have this kind of big secret about Angela. And I’ve been really nice to her, and I haven’t told anyone, and… what the hell?!

Scenes like this, expressing the friction between Pam and Angela, often throw me for a loop. I find that I have a difficult time separating Pam and Angela (Martin) from Jenna and Angela (Kinsey). I’m sure this has plenty to do with the well-documented friendship that Jenna and Angela share in real life.

The Jim/Pam Index

I expected Conflict Resolution to shake things up on the Jim/Pam front given its place on the Office timeline, and it did not disappoint.

Pam : Did anyone have a problem with me?
Michael : Alright, Pamela. Come on down! Let’s do it.
Pam : [Leaves her desk to stand by Michael]
Michael : And…ok. Just one… complaint. Actually, it has been withdrawn, so that is no help to us. Next.
Pam : Wait, what did it say?
Michael : Uh, “Does she have to plan her wedding on office time? Shouldn’t she do that at home?”
Pam : [Looks at Angela incredulously]

I had a hunch that Jim was the culprit once Michael started reading the complaint, though I’m guessing that I wasn’t alone on that prediction.

Pam : I can’t believe Angela. I went against my better judgment, and I gave her a Save The Date. And now it turns out she complained about me to Toby.
Jim : Well, it was redacted. Look, if she wants an invite, maybe she’s just trying to be friends.
Pam : Don’t take her side.
Jim : Well, what does Roy think about everything?
Pam : I don’t know. I try not to bother him about this kind of stuff.
Jim : You mean like your thoughts and feelings?
Pam : Yeah.

To his credit, I hold Jim to a high and possibly unreasonable moral standard, so this scene surprised me a little. I was expecting to see some sort of disclosure, perhaps not a full-blown confession, but at least an indication that he was withholding the truth. Maybe an attempt to divert blame away from Angela, though not necessarily to himself, but we see nothing of the sort.

I considered the possibility that Pam was correct in suspecting Angela, but then I rewatched her reaction to Pam’s accusations, and I dismissed that thought almost immediately. Lying isn’t something Angela does particularly well, and it was pretty clear from her rebuttal that she wasn’t making any attempt to hide the truth.

[Everyone is getting ready to take a group picture, grudgingly] Pam : Angela, I want to talk to you about something.
Angela : What?
Jim : No, Pam–
Pam : I am. It’s about the Save The Date–
Jim : Pam, it wasn’t her.
Pam : What?
Jim : I’m the one who complained about you. I didn’t know that Toby was gonna write it down. I was just venting. You know, it was one day. And I took it right back. It was like…
Pam : Ok.

Allowing Pam to harbor an extra bit of resentment towards Angela was something Jim could live with, but allowing Pam to revoke Angela’s wedding invitation, an act that probably would have damaged their already tenuous relationship beyond repair, was an unacceptable loss.

As for Pam’s reaction, I’d hesitate to classify it as anger. Disappointment would be the more appropriate term, although it still doesn’t get at exactly what I’m trying to communicate. Pam knows that the wedding bothers Jim, and at this point, at some level in her understandably tangled subconscious, she must know why. Somewhere in there, she’s considered all of the evidence and reached the conclusion that Jim is still in love with her. I am sure of it. Being sure of anything never counted for so little, though, and it’s still not enough to dissuade her from having this wedding.

Her disappointment in this scene stems from the fact that Jim went to Toby rather than to her. There is a public expectation that they should be truthful to one another as friends, but also a private, unspoken agreement (that neither will admit to) to keep their feelings for one another concealed, an arrangement that proves to be incredibly complicated when the former threatens to compromise the latter. Had Jim decided to take his complaint directly to her, there’s no guarantee that it would have ended smoothly either, though I can’t help but guess at the chances of a positive outcome. The two of them have been dancing around each other for so long, I wonder if a direct confrontation at this moment in time would have generated the necessary force to knock this wedding off its rails.

For all of the difficulty I’m having in reading the situation, this much is clear: after a couple weeks of strong progress, the JP Index experiences a precipitous drop tonight. Conflict Resolution rates a Down.

Supporting Nod

Creed wins this one easily for delivering his greatest line yet.

[Michael is sitting with Ryan and Creed in the conference room]
Michael : Ok, Ryan, you told Toby that Creed has a distinct old man smell?
Ryan : [Looks away, embarrassed]
Creed : [Smiles, smugly]
[Cut to interview]
Creed : I know exactly what he’s talking about. I sprout mung beans on a damp paper towel in my desk drawer. Very nutritious, but they smell like death.

Death and Creed are one and the same.

The Superstar

Jim takes it for the second week in a row. What can I say, he’s the hero of the story.

Transmissions from the Office

  • Jim : Yeah. I mean, it’s inevitable. I definitely overhear some wedding preparation, but I’m fine with it. She hears me arranging my social life, and we both have to hear Dwight order deer urine over the Internet, so it evens out.

    The applications of deer urine are unknown to me, though I would imagine that it’s less helpful to romantics than other deer components.

  • Michael : That’s a nice tie.
    Ryan : Thank you.
    [Michael approaches Ryan and leans in closely as he examines the tie]
    Michael : That is… who makes that?
    Ryan : Um, I don’t–
    Michael : Do you mind if I wear that for the photo?
    Ryan : Um, let’s, um… let’s keep our clothes.

    Ryan knew exactly where this conversation was going the moment Michael asked him about his tie.

  • Oscar : It’s like child abuse! I say if Jesus saw that, he’d freak out! He’d freak out, Toby. I mean, on so many levels.

    The Jesus freak-out factor, otherwise known as the universal indicator of appropriateness.

  • Toby : Here’s how I usually handle this. All I do is listen. You know, these things just have a way of working themselves out. It’s-it’s like if you write someone a letter when you’re really angry. They say to keep it in your drawer for a couple days, and then you just never end up sending it.
    Michael : What do you know about conflict resolution? Your answer to everything is to get divorced, so–
    Toby : Ok.
    Michael : Ok, what?
    Toby : That was a right decision for me and my marriage.
    Michael : Well, that’s not gonna fly here because in this office, it is till death do us part, assuming that we don’t get downsized.

    I guess we really shouldn’t be suprised anymore.

  • [Michael, Pam, Oscar, and Angela are gathered by Angela’s baby poster]
    Angela : I got this poster for Christmas, and I feel I want to see it every day. It makes me feel like the babies are the true artists, and God has a really cute sense of humor.
    Michael : Come on, seriously. That?
    Oscar : I don’t like looking at it. It’s creepy and in bad taste, and it’s just offensive to me. It makes me think of the horrible, frigid stage mothers who forced the babies into it. It’s kitsch. It’s the opposite of art. It destroys art. It destroys souls. This is so much more offensive to me than hardcore porno.

    I’ll admit to being slightly weirded out by Angela’s poster, but there must be a story behind this for Oscar to get so riled up.

  • Pam : Hey, Angela. I didn’t have your zip code.  [Hands Angela an invitation]
    Angela : Oh, thanks.
    [Cut to interview]
    Angela : It was hand-delivered, but I did get a Save The Date after all. It’s not my taste.

    Finally, we get Roy’s last name! Anderson it is.

  • Michael : Creed is sick of looking at the redhead all day and wants a seat facing the receptionist.
    Pam : Nice.

    I wonder if Creed actually knows the names of any of the people he works with. Is it his perpetual drug-induced haze that prevents him remembering their names, or does he simply deem them to be inconsequential details in the grand, Creed-sized scale of things?

  • Michael : Here is a Kelly complaint: “Ryan never returns my calls.” Ah. Join the club.
    Ryan : My voice mail’s real spotty… sometimes.
    Kelly : I didn’t file a complaint. I was just talking–
    Toby : To your HR representative.
    Kelly : To my friend, I thought. I want that withdrawn.
    Toby [Sarcastically] : Fine, I’ll take your name off… so no one will know.

    You’ve got Michael waiting for you at one end and Kelly at the other; that is not an enviable position.

  • Michael : Someone complained that the men’s room is whites only. Stanley, you know that’s not true.
    Stanley : I didn’t say that.
    Creed : Then why is there a picture of a white man on the door?

    The intrigue surrounding Creed gets thicker and thicker with each passing week.

  • Michael : Ok, Phyllis. You complained that Angela is giving you dirty looks, and you tried to get off the party planning committee.
    Phyllis : No, I never said any such thing. Angela and I are close.
    Michael : And… also, Phyllis, Stanley says that you cry too much, and that bugs him.
    Phyllis : Stanley and I are close, too.
    Stanley : We sit close.

    Poor Phyllis, getting a raw deal from everyone.

  • [Michael is sitting with Kevin and Angela in the conference room]
    Michael : Alright, Kevin, you are accused of making sexually suggestive remarks to Angela that made her feel uncomfortable. Solution: Angela, you are to make sexually suggestive remarks to Kevin that will make him uncomfortable.
    Kevin : I accept your decision.
    Angela : [Gives a look of disgust]

    So, now we’re doing an eye for an eye? Whatever happened to win-win-win?

  • Dwight : Four years of malfeasance unreported. This cannot stand.
    Michael : Ok, calm down.
    Dwight : No, you calm down! Whose side is Toby on? Whose side are you on?!
    Michael : Hey, hey!
    Dwight : Him or me? Him or me? I cannot work with Jim anymore.
    Michael : Ok.
    Dwight : Either he goes, or I go.
    Michael : Dwight–
    Dwight : You choose!
    Michael : Stop–
    Dwight : One of us is out of here by the end of today.  [Takes his file of complaints and storms out of the office]
    Michael : Ok.

    I will forever associate the word “malfeasance” with Dwight.

  • Michael [Reading Dwight’s complaints] : “This morning I found a bloody glove in my desk drawer, and Jim Halpert tried to convince me I committed murder. I think he may be the real murderer. Jim Halpert said there was an abandoned infant in the women’s room. When I went to save the child, I saw Meredith on the can.”
    Michael : Gad.

    So, either Meredith likes to go to the bathroom with the door open, or Dwight has no problem kicking down stalls in the women’s room. Despite Meredith’s previous history, I’m going to have to go with the latter.

  • Michael : And that is why the idea of a cage match is so universally appealing. But here’s the thing about cage matches. Sometimes you have to open the cage, and that is something that Toby will never understand.

    And neither will anyone else for that matter.

Odds and Ends

  • I’m hoping future episodes feature Oscar’s eerie baby t-shirt.
  • Michael really did a number on his staff. Luckily, crises have a way of blowing over with striking efficiency on this show.
  • Speaking of creepy imagery, how about that Photoshop job?

The Story in Pictures

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This episode doesn't look like it will have the same shock appeal as last week (no costumes in the previews or spoilers), but I'm sure it will be great. To be honest, it's just so nice to have a second week in a row with a new episode.

Two minutes till showtime!

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1Posted by David on May 4, 2006

Wow, that was the funniest ep in a while.

I'm gonna say "down" on the JPI.

Its nice to see that Kevin is so open to conflict resolution. ;-)

2Posted by Pat D. on May 4, 2006

Anyone think that this episode was basically a set up for the season finale?

3Posted by Caleb A. on May 4, 2006

I thought it was better than "Drug Testing", it's definitely interesting how dark this episode was. Poor Jim.

4Posted by Brian on May 4, 2006

What a sad episode...there is absolutely no denying that the JPI is down this week, and rightfully so. I think Jim feels a bit bad for all the things he's done to Dwight and maybe he realizes that he needs to be a little more mature. I'm sure it was tough for Pam to deal with the fact that her best and closest friend in The Office filed a complaint about her. And Jim to Stamford? This should be an interesting season finale.

5Posted by matt_from_montana on May 4, 2006

This episode made me feel so...sad. And then the preview for next week came at then end, and Jan was like, did you tell them yet? NOOOOOOOOOOO!

6Posted by Tina on May 4, 2006

Creed was hilarious in this episode, between the old man smell bit and the "Whites Only" bathroom. Pure genius.

7Posted by Adam on May 4, 2006

The list of Jim's malfeasances was about as great as the list of diseases in Health Care. I mean, trying to convince Dwight that he was The Real Murderer? Genius. But I think it was a wake up call for Jim when he realizes how he spends his days. The poor guy. I really don't think he's going to end up transfering to Stamford, right? I mean they wouldn't do that, right? Next week can't get here fast enough!

8Posted by Megan on May 4, 2006

This episode was PAINFULLY hilarious.

SOOOOOOOO many great moments:

Phyllis' "I don't like you..."
Oscar getting all up in Angela's face.
Creed's "Whites Only" bathroom
Creed turning away from the camera, thinking it's a mug shot.
Toby's photo.
Jim's recounting of all the pranks he's pulled on Dwight.
Dwight's "My middle name is Kurt, not Fart..."
The oversized, laminated ID Jim made for Dwight.

...that's all I can remember off the top of my head. I'm still laughing.

The Office is EASILY the funniest show on TV right now.

9Posted by Bill on May 5, 2006

I too felt a little sad after watching last nights episode. But, when I think about the sad parts...I can't help but laugh. What a great show and series! I've never dissected a show line by line like this show. I felt bad for Pam until Jim asked her how Roy was taking all this, and she tells him she doesn't bother Roy with her thoughts and feelings. That hit me right in the gut...(thanks writers). That was a major wake up call. Roy gets all the candy...and Jim gets dinner scraps. Jim should move, he needs to get his head out of Lackawanna County. I believe it's going to be a very long winter. I can't express my feelings enough for this show...but I love the Office. Do I need to get a life or what? I'm going to hold my breath until next Thurday. LOL!

10Posted by Jim on May 5, 2006

I can kind of see a story arc forming - and it could be wrong - but if they're following the BBC series even in a general way, perhaps Jim moves to Stamford, does a great job, gets promoted to manager, and then comes back to Scranton as Michael's new boss. It could happen. ;-)

11Posted by The Stooges Woman on May 5, 2006

It's probably no biggie...but I had a typo, and misspelled Thursday.

12Posted by Jim on May 5, 2006

#1 - I love this site. It has such insightful commentary on the Office.

#2 - This episode has left me with baited breath.

#3 - I could be far off here, but what if the season finale ended with the Stanford branch being downsized and Stanford being merged with Scranton (a la Swindon/Slough), leaving Jim with nowhere to run to.

13Posted by manfesto on May 5, 2006

That might be the secret that Jan was referring to.

//forgot to add that

14Posted by manfesto on May 5, 2006

Was it just me or was it kind of sweet/sad when during Jim and Dwights conversation about Stanford when Jim said "Maybe we should both go." It was really like he was saying that work wouldn't be the same if Dwight wasn't there. The Alliance is still formed.

15Posted by Chuck on May 5, 2006

OT: I wonder if Todd Packer is ever coming back. :(

16Posted by Pat D. on May 6, 2006

I thought the best part of the episode was when Michael wants to resolve another Angela conflict to which she responds "You already did me." Then as the camera pans to Michael making the obligatory "That's what she said," we see Jim mouthing the phrase because he was anticipating it. Classic.

17Posted by Eric on May 6, 2006

I agree Eric - I've rewatched this ep twice, and I laughed out loud at that every time!

I noticed the "Save the Date" showed "T.B.A" next to "Place". I wonder if this is foreshadowing for the finale - I remember Pam saying the only thing Roy has to do is book where the reception is being held.

If Roy hasn't done this (or has done it incorrectly), this would take care of causing the wedding to at least be postponed.

18Posted by Sandy on May 6, 2006

Great episode, kinda depressing ending.. still can't wait for the season finale!

By the way, if anyone uses widgets I made one of Dwight's bobble head with some quotes :)

19Posted by HB on May 6, 2006

I hope that whole thing with Jim and the complaints not sounding funny all together wasn't some kind of setup for him to become a different person or something in the next season. I love how Jim gets such a kick out of messing with Dwight. When he said he moved Dwight's desk an inch at a time and that's all he did that whole day, I lost my mind. I love his dedication to doing something funny just to screw Dwight's mind. It reminds me of how Dwight thought it was friday and it was really thursday and Jim said "so that's what I'll be working on this afternoon". That's an awesome thing to get paid for if you ask me. The show does well with drama, but it's a comedy, and the crap Jim pulls is too good. The Office to me is Jim & Pam interaction, Jim (and Pam) messing with Dwight, Dwight and Micheal being insane. Even though I really love all the other characters and their interactions, that's the heart of the show as far as I'm concerned. So if Jim stops messing with Dwight and/or if they force the feelings Jim and Pam have too far into the open, it becomes a different show. I don't want a different show yet. I don't wanna be Shyla either, and I haven't even seen Secrets of a call- More Secrets of a Call Girl.

20Posted by someguy on May 6, 2006

why would Jim want Dwight to go with him? Do you think Jim secretly loves Dwight?

21Posted by John D'arc on May 6, 2006

Also, why would Jim be stupid enough to complain to Toby and not think he would make note of it? Do you think he meant to make a complaint, and then realized "Whoa, I can't let anyone know it was me" and had it redacted? OR maybe some other reason. James, if you can, delve into that a little deeper. You seem to be good at these theory things.

22Posted by John D'arc on May 6, 2006

um John D'arc first off Jim was just kidding when he told Dwight that they should both go, and if you didn't here jim telling Pam that he didn't know that that he was going to wrtie it down and when he did find out he quikly redacted it if can remember correctly .... if I sound mean I'm very sorry I just wanted to let you know

23Posted by Eve on May 6, 2006

John, clearly Jim was just venting, thinking he was just talking with Toby, as opposed to making a formal complaint.

Huey

Save Granny!

24Posted by huey on May 6, 2006

I don't think Jim was kidding when he told Dwight that they should both go to Stamford. At that moment in the show it is obvious that Jim is having a very strong shift in his outlook on his life and career. Having all of his office pranks listed in order revealed to him how shallow and immature his life has become. So at that very point that he realized how good the Stamford job seemed, it seems that he was being genuinely cordial to Dwight. There was no indication that Jim was being sarcastic towards Dwight. Of course, this is simply my perception of the scene.

25Posted by Kalon on May 6, 2006

Yeah, Jim wasnt being sarcastic when he was asking Dwight. But I mean, why would Jim complain about Pam to Toby? Kelly thought she was friends with Toby, and so he wrote it down. But why would Jim go around complaining about Pam's wedding prep to Toby? Even as a "friend"? Jim wants to keep the illusion that it isnt bothering him. So maybe he probably wanted her to stop, so he filed a complaint, then redacted it because he knew it was a mean thing to do? I mean, if he really wanted her to stop, he wouldnt have redacted anything.

26Posted by John D'arc on May 6, 2006

So Pam will be Pam Anderson. Nice.

Also, I liked when Michael is saying "You can't outrun your problems" and we cut to Jim trying to do just that at the job interview.

27Posted by John D'arc on May 6, 2006

Toby is just the go-to guy for problems like that. It's in his job description that he's available to talk to people with issues, and the way he deals with them (as he spelled out in the episode) is to let them vent a little and then let it disappear--exactly what happened in Jim's case. The fact that Jim talked to Toby doesn't really mean much other than show that he's really torn up about it, which we already knew.

28Posted by Nathan on May 6, 2006

James, I believe Pam's mad-at-Angela conversation does, in fact, show Jim trying to protect (if not exonerate) Angela. He doesn't directly cast doubt on Angela as the assumed source, but he dismisses the affair with a hasty "it was redacted" and tries to paint Angela in a positive light. As soon as he decides that he can't get Pam to back off without revealing more than he wants to right then, he at least changes the subject.

29Posted by Nathan on May 6, 2006

Why would Jim talk to Toby about this? Hmm, maybe it's because everyone else does?

30Posted by huey on May 7, 2006

I don't think that Jim will stop pulling pranks on Dwight, so no worries there. I think the scene where Jim examines his daily routine is just an indication that Jim finally realizes that he could be doing much more with his life and finally, FINALLY taking some big steps.

As far as Pam is concerned, I agree that it wasn't anger. I think she was merely shocked that her close friend would go as far as complain to Toby about her planning her wedding. Whatever she was feeling at that moment (where Jim confesses) wasn't directed at Jim, it was something that struck her and forced her to look at herself.

31Posted by Jane on May 7, 2006

So...I'm gonna assume Toby was like "What's wrong, Jim?" and Jim was like "Oh Toby, I am so frustrated. I can't get any work done because Pam is planning her wedding all around me. Can't she do that at home?" and then they hugged. hey, if you can think of something better, I'd like to hear it.

32Posted by John D'arc on May 7, 2006

I didn't notice Roy's name on the Save The Date until I read this recap. Do you realize that if Pam does marry him, her name will become Pam Anderson? Yet another reason that it's a bad idea!! :)

33Posted by Jacki on May 7, 2006

What about Oscar holding the poster while getting his ID? And the look on his face while doing so? I thought that was a really funny scene, personally.

34Posted by Melissa on May 7, 2006

An awesomely uncommented on moment of the show? When Jim is confessing to Pam and Phyllis is so not subtley listening. And when they're done, she says, "Oh dear." Classic. This show rocks.

35Posted by allthingsholy on May 7, 2006

John, it's really not that hard to envision a scenario in which Jim would complain to Toby about this. I'd move on.

36Posted by huey on May 7, 2006

FYI - Deer urine is used to disguise a hunter's scent when deer hunting.

37Posted by Spanky on May 9, 2006

WAIT A SECOND! If Roy's last name is Anderson, and Pam traditionally takes his name...that would make her...wow...Pamela Anderson

38Posted by matt_from_montana on May 10, 2006